I've been a math geek since my grade school days in the 1950's.
On May 25, 1961, just as I was about to start my high school
years, President Kennedy announced "that this nation should
commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of
landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."
It was only two years prior to that date that engineers began to
consider transistors reliable enough to be a competitive
replacement for vacuum tubes in computers!
Even in these early stages, I understood the connection between
math and the computer and the possibility of space travel, but
when I graduated from high school in 1965, college education in
computers was restricted to just a few graduate level programs at
a very limited number of elite colleges. So, I started my college
years as a math major, but after two years I made the decision to
get the training in computers that I wanted. The only reasonable
place this was available at that time was the US military. I
dropped out of college and enlisted for four years. It was worth
it! I learned how to program computers from the operating system
up. I learned about computer circuitry, Boolean math, and built my
own circuit boards to interface the military computers to military
When I got out of the military in 1971, computer engineering
degrees were still hard to find, and now I had a family to think
about. I went back to college at nights and got my BS in business
with a specialization in "data processing".
Because of my age and my years of math and computer experience,
my friends at work recently began to call me papa geek. I managed
to capture this web address in December 2009. My intentions are to
turn this site into my own personal blog, a place where I can
express my views on everything from social to economic to
technical issues. My opinions tend to lean to the right on fiscal
issues and to the left on social issues, but I'm generally a
centrist and, if I achieve my goals, extremists on both sides will
take exception to what I write. Your feedback will be welcome and
I will publish opposing opinions at my discretion after I verify
the author. .